29th Jan 2020

Meet Harvey, a beneficiary of the innogy Renewables UK Middlemoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

Harvey, 22


A young apprentice from Shipley, in Eglingham Parish, has received £2,000 from the innogy Renewables UK Middlemoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund at the Community Foundation to help him get started in his career as a mechanic.

The fund, which provides £81,000 per year, is associated with the 54MW Middlemoor Wind Farm which has the capacity to power up to 29,200 UK homes per year.

As the Fund reaches the half-million-pound milestone there is further good news for Eglingham Parish, as innogy Renewables UK and the Advisory Panel has established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation that will support residents for generations to come.

Harvey Coxon, aged 22, is one of the beneficiaries from the latest round of funding which saw six grants totalling £5,168 awarded for the benefit of residents within Eglingham Parish. The grant aims to support Harvey in his apprenticeship with Belford MOT Centre, where he works 4 days a week and attends Northumberland College in Ashington one day a week. The journey involves a 60-mile round trip, making it difficult for Harvey to invest in the tools required for the job.

Harvey explains:

“I’m currently an apprentice mechanic, and attending college, and the money will help me to purchase tools that are required for my job.

“It can be quite difficult when you’re an apprentice, as you don’t earn a lot of money, to purchase tools which cost thousands of pounds, as well as running a car to get to work and college, and to live some sort of lifestyle!

“The £2,000 grant will help me purchase the base tools I need to complete the job such as an electric ratchet gun or common hand tools such as spanners. So, the £2,000 helps me purchase the tools and makes my life easier and I have extra money that I can use to support myself.”

“To anyone thinking of applying, I’d say go ahead and do it. The money is there for a reason and is meant to help people like us as it’s definitely helped me.”

The award marks a milestone for the Fund, which has awarded over £500,000 to local people and causes in Eglingham Parish over the past six years. innogy Renewables UK and the Advisory Panel has established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation which will continue to support charitable, educational, environmental or community purposes for the benefit of the residents the parish of Eglingham in perpetuity, meaning residents will benefit for generations to come.

Katy Woodington, Senior Community Investment Officer, innogy Renewables UK said;

“innogy are excited to see that the panel are thinking of new ways to invest the fund and support local people and we’d like to wish Harvey every success with his apprenticeship. By choosing to save a part of each year’s fund into an endowment fund we hope the wind farm will leave an even longer legacy that can continue supporting initiatives like this that are important to the local area beyond the lifetime of the wind farm.”

Community groups, charities, parish councils and schools can apply for grants from £250 upwards for a range of projects. Individuals can apply for grants up to £2,000. Priority is given to applications that come from, or benefit residents within the Parish of Eglingham. The Fund is currently open for applications until Monday 24 February 2020.

Pete Barrett, Senior Programme Adviser at the Community Foundations adds:

“To date more than £500,000 has been awarded to support the residents of Eglingham Parish, and we’re delighted that this is going to continue in perpetuity with the new endowment fund which sees a long term investment that will benefit residents of Eglingham Parish for generations to come.

“With the Fund now open again in 2020, we hope to see lots of applications from community groups, charities, parish councils and schools as well as local individuals too.”

For more information about making an application, visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

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